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FIRST LOOK: Check out Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

April 26th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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One of the most-anticipated upcoming television roles is Neil Patrick Harris playing Count Olaf in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – and now we have our first look at him.

The gloriously vigilant Vancity Buzz (via Squareeyed) caught the first look at the How I Met Your Mother star in a few forehead-heavy snaps of him on the set. We really like the look of him so far:

Harris is joined by an impressive cast made up of Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, Aasif Mandvi as Uncle Monty, Malina Weissman as Violet Baudelaire and newcomer Louis Hynes as Klaus.

Netflix’s official synopsis for the series:

A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. The epic series will be executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld, who will also direct a number of episodes, and Daniel Handler, legal, literary and social representative for Lemony Snicket.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.